Dr. Chen is a health economist with a research agenda that focuses on topics in aging and nutrition. Dr. Chen’s research in aging focuses on estimating the effect of government programs such as the Social Security Disability Insurance on the early retirement decisions of prime aged men. In more recent work she has focused on modeling joint household labor supply decisions and estimating the effect of disability insurance on spousal labor supply. Dr. Chen’s work in nutrition focuses on the role of food retailers and their effect on obesity and food consumption. She has published in the Journal of Econometrics, Economics and Human Biology, the Economic Geography Journal, and the Journal of Nutrition.